NM Third Among States Courting Business with Israel

28 Aug 2013

Pamela M. Prah / Stateline.org | Albuquerque Journal

Israel has become a popular destination for U.S. governors and other officials hoping to spur their states’ economies by tapping into the technology of a country some call “Start-Up Nation.”

States with robust technology sectors such as California, New York and Massachusetts have been particularly active in seeking out business ties with Israel, but so have less likely states such as New Mexico and Delaware.

New York’s trade with Israel totaled more than $4.5 billion last year, the most of any state. California exports ranked second with more than $2.7 billion, U.S. Commerce Department figures show.

The third-ranked state was New Mexico, with $1.3 billion in exports last year, making Israel the state’s largest foreign trading partner.

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